Canada joins new G7 Russia sanctions, cancels tariffs on Ukrainian goods

9 May, 04:45 PM
On May 8, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine (Photo:president.gov.ua)

On May 8, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine (Photo:president.gov.ua)

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has announced a set of fresh sanctions against Russian citizens, companies, and oligarchs, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reported on May 9.

40 Russian citizens and five enterprises are targeted by these new restrictions, for “facilitating the invasion of Ukraine.”

“The sanctions are introduced against 21 Russian citizens – oligarchs and close allies of the regime, as well as 19 individuals (managing) the Russian military-industrial complex,” said Trudeau.

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Since February, Canadian sanctions have targeted over 1,000 Russian and Belarussian individuals and companies.

Deputy Ukrainian PM and Economy Minister, Yulia Svyrydenko, said that Canada is joining the UK and EU in suspending all import tariffs on Ukrainian goods.

“This is a welcome addition to the UK’s and EU’s initiative, demonstrating the interest on part of developed countries to integrate the Ukrainian economy into their supply chains,” said Svyrydenko.

According to Trudeau, the atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin’s regime in Ukraine defile the memory of the victims of WWII – whose sacrifice is commemorated on the May 8 Victory in Europe Day.

“Today, we’re celebrating victory over fascism in Europe,” said Trudeau.

“Decades ago, allied soldiers – from both Ukraine and Russia – fought side-by-side and defeated fascism. What Vladimir Putin is doing today and in recent weeks, tarnishes the memory of those millions upon millions of Russians, who gave their lives in the name of freedom; that’s how Europe will remember Putin.”

On May 8, when Europe celebrates V-E Day, Trudeau and U.S. First Lady Jill Biden visited Ukraine.

Together with Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, FLOTUS met with displaced Ukrainians in the Uzhhorod, a city near Ukraine’s western border.

Trudeau visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, which was devastated by Russians troops in the first month of the invasion.

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